February 4, 2007

IE6 + IE7 Virtual Love

IE 7's market share is growing quickly, still, developers will continue to need to test layouts and DHTML on IE 6 for some time to come. Sadly, there is no reliable way to run both IE 6 and IE 7 on the same OS. Multiple machines, or multiple virtual machines, is the only way to ensure a real-life testing environment.

Obviously, buying multiple machines or OS licenses incur costs. In recognition of this, Microsoft released a free VPC virtual machine containing a pre-activated WinXPSP2 w/IE 6 for your testing pleasure. Microsoft already offers Virtual PC for Windows for free, and is investigating releasing similar VPC images for older IE versions.

NOTE: The free image will time bomb on April 1st(!); presumably Microsoft will release a new image around then with a new time bomb date.

Posted by Lewis Francis at February 4, 2007 6:21 PM

Microsoft's updated the IE6 test VPC VM with a new timeout of July 23rd.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at March 23, 2007 9:24 AM

Time to update the VPC VM; new timeout is April 2008.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at December 13, 2007 5:24 PM

New Test VM's avail, yadayada...

Posted by: Lewis francis at December 2, 2008 11:05 AM
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